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SAS stands for Steering and Suspension system, which is an integral part of your vehicle chassis. SAS is mainly responsible for the balance and stability of your car, as well as the smoothness of your ride. The suspension system has multiple components, mainly hydraulics, and springs and struts designed to absorb and dampen the shock of the road. It does so by absorbing the motion of the wheels and granting additional stability. The steering system is comprised of conversion devices, levers, and joints, which are all connected under a complex chain that helps you guide your vehicle on the road and also control it with minimal effort. Together, the steering and suspension systems are what keep your vehicle's wheels firmly on the ground and keep your vehicle from veering to the side. What's more, SAS can affect not only the smoothness of your ride, but it can also impact other systems such as wheel alignment.
Your SAS system is made of many different parts, most of which will eventually wear out and need replacement. Even though mileage is usually the indicator for having your vehicle checked, there are certain signs that you can look for as to understand when you should have your steering and suspension evaluated. If your car nose dives when braking, that's a sign your suspension needs checked. Same goes for when you experience excessive bouncing while going over bumps. Other symptoms can be related to uneven tire wear or bad spring coils, which make your car lean heavily to one side. If your steering wheel is harder to turn than usual or you notice premature wear on your tires, then this may be a sign of bad tie rods. A shaking or vibrating steering wheel is another warning sign. Contact us at Meineke #1288 in Stafford, VA to learn more or to schedule an inspection.
Because the steering and suspension systems are highly complex and made out of many parts, all of which could be either worn or damaged, it is highly important to have your vehicle inspected by expert mechanics and technicians. There are many reasons why your SAS system may be failing, so determining the root problem is the most important step in steering and suspension repair services. Our thorough evaluation includes the inspection of all suspension parts, shocks, struts and coils, as well as steering components, such as tie rods, lug nuts, and power steering pumps. We'll prepare a detailed findings report and a repair plan to highlight the issues that take priority, as some of the SAS problems can lead to dangerous driving conditions.
While having options when it comes to your steering and suspension repair is important, it is also necessary to have a well-rounded inspection and service. SAS problems can create other issues as well, the most common ones being wheel angle changes and premature tire wear. At Meineke #1288 in Stafford, VA, we offer wheel alignment and tire rotation services, which will take care of those issues for you. Misaligned wheels can cause a range of other problems, so it's best to have them properly aligned in conjunction with any steering and suspension repairs you may be doing. Tire rotation will help prevent premature tire wear, while also improving safe handling of your vehicle.
Taking care of your car shouldn't be a stressful, money draining experience. Even more so when it comes to your steering and suspension system which is crucial for a smooth and safe ride. To make sure you are in full control of your car, you need a trusted technician to inspect and work on your SAS system and that's exactly what you'll find at Meineke - greatly experienced, knowledgeable and trusted mechanics who will make sure to get things right the first time around. We want to get you back behind the wheel in the most time-saving, cost-effective manner possible, so be sure to give us a call or schedule an appointment to discuss your steering and suspension needs with our experts. Having a properly functioning SAS system has many benefits down the road and will end up saving you money as it improves gas mileage, prevents premature tire wear and keeps your car out of the shop for longer.
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